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The Bishop's Palace and Gardens

Wells, England
+44 1749 988111
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Home to the Bishops of Bath and Wells for 800 years this stunning medieval palace is open for all to enjoy. Surrounded by a breathtaking moat with resident Mute swans, you can cross the Drawbridge to experience a true hidden gem in the heart of the City of Wells. The Palace sits within 14 acres of RHS partner gardens, including the beautiful well pools from which the city takes its name. In the Arboretum is the newly developed "Dragon's Lair" children's playground to tire out little legs. There are daily Guided Tours, a Cafe serving delicious lunches, cakes and hot and cold drinks. Dogs are welcome on leads.
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Reviewed yesterday

There is no reason not to visit this historic building and gardens nestling next door to the Cathedral. At 800 years old it has borne witness to several major events in English history such as the Monmouth rebellion, civil war etc. Also used recently for...More

Thank edloon
Reviewed 3 days ago

The Bishops Palace and the Cathedral are a must and the free guided tours are very informative. These attractions are the centre piece of Wells. As with most country towns Wells is very quiet after the shops close. For meals there is an Ask and...More

Thank averyglenthorne
Reviewed 4 days ago

Sitting next door to the towering cathedral, the Bishop's Palace is equally beautiful. It's around the same age, and although you have to pay to enter, the fee is well worth it.

Thank KevinSadler2364
Reviewed 5 days ago

We visited the cafe here as we thought it was pleasant to look out across to the palace We had the most underwhelming sandwich and dreadful coffee All very highly priced

Thank 50sammy2
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

What a magical place. Superb in Autumn. Colours lovely. Nice cafe and outdoor area. Well worth a visit

Thank Vanessa W
Reviewed 5 days ago

A second day out in Wells was not a disappointment, a cherry on the cake was our visit The Bishops Palace. If you love historical England you really have to come and see this beautiful building surrounded by a moat complete with swans. Once inside...More

Thank olimpilot
Reviewed 6 days ago

The Bishop's Palace is everything that you could possible want in a building that resembles a castle. A moat which has not been filled in, Portcullis entrances, drawbridge and arrow firing slits to help defend and protect. Far removed from our imagination that a religious...More

Thank borneogeoff
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Worth every penny of the modest entry fee. Once inside, you can wander around the house and beautiful gardens at leisure and / or take one / both of the (included) guided tours - garden and house. The volunteer guides are very high quality and...More

Thank Stephen B
Bishops_Palace, Manager at The Bishop's Palace and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Dear Stephen Many thanks for your lovely review - I will pass on your kind comments to our Volunteer Guides. We're also delighted that you thought that we were "worth every penny" of the entry fee - we do try to keep our prices as...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The gardens here are absolutely stunning. Set inside the walls of the palace there are ruins, lovely borders, streams and lots of space. Still full of flowers and with the trees turning colour, it was a lovely place to wander for an hour or so....More

Thank Sally F
Reviewed 1 week ago

Although known as "The Bishops Palace" as you look around you see what was a castle (or moated manor house) before the dissolution of the Monastery's during Henry VIII's reign. Look at the ramparts and castellation to the outer walls, together with the moat, all...More

Thank jrdo5959
Bishops_Palace, Manager at The Bishop's Palace and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thanks you for taking the time to leave this comprehensive review. We're very pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit and that you enjoyed the many and varied parts of our historic site.

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16 March 2017|
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Response from Bishops_Palace | Property representative |
Hello. If you call us in advance, we can book you a blue badge space at the Palace. 01749 988 111.
8 October 2016|
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Response from Hankahl | Reviewed this property |
Yes , on lead.
30 August 2016|
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Response from Bishops_Palace | Property representative |
Hello. The Palace will close on 23rd December 2016 and reopen on 7th January 2017, so will unfortunately be closed on those dates.